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6/19/15 – 5:30 A.M.

An Ottawa teenager was injured in a one-car crash Thursday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened on State Route 15 near Road I-9 just after 2:30 p.m.

17-year-old Michalei Lowe was driving east on Route 15 when she lost control and hit a utility pole. The car was heavily damaged, but Lowe was said to have suffered only minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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6/19/15 – 5:22 A.M.

As flood waters continue to recede, officials are getting a look at the damage done in Putnam County. The Courier reports representatives from the county’s Emergency Management Agency were in Kalida assessing the damage Thursday. So far no damage estimates are available.

In the meantime, Putnam County residents with water wells are being encouraged to disinfect them. The Putnam County Health Department says this is necessary if you had water around or near the casing, your well was submerged by flood water, or your well is within 100 feet of a flooded stream. The health department is offering to test wells for bacteria once they have been disinfected. For details on how to disinfect a well, go to our website.

Also, the Putnam County Red Cross is offering clean-up kits for residents at their offices in Ottawa.

What you will need:

  • 1 gallon of vinegar
  • 2 gallons of household bleach (5.25% chlorine)
    NOTE: Do not use scented bleach. Use new bottles as household bleach loses effectiveness the longer
    it sits on the shelf in a store or in your home.
  • Garden hose

Things to do:

  1. Turn off all electricity to the well area before clearing debris away. Clear away all debris from well area.
  2. Turn on electricity back to pump.
  3. Start the pump and run water until it is clear. Use the outside faucet nearest to the well to drain the potentially contaminated water from the well and keep the unsafe well water out of the interior household plumbing. The well should be heavily pumped to remove as much flood water as possible from the casing and geologic formation. Over pumping will help remove flood water from the ground water supply. Do not discharge this water into the septic system, as it could cause the system to be overloaded.
  4. If a water softener is connected to your water system follow manufacturer’s directions to close valves to bypass the water softener as large amounts of chlorine can damage the resin bed inside softeners.
  5. Remove well cap.
  6. Pour 1 gallon of vinegar into well. Wait 1 hour. (This step adjusts the water pH for better disinfection).
  7. Pour 2 gallons of bleach into well.
  8. Connect a garden hose to an outside spigot and run water directly into the well. Circulate chlorine water for 30 minutes. Turn off outside tap, remove hose, and replace well cap.
  9. Disinfect water lines in the house by opening all water fixtures in the house and all outside spigots. Remember to run water into the washing machine, flush all toilets, and rarely or never used faucets. Let the water run until you have a strong odor of chlorine. Be sure to include both hot and cold faucets.
  10. Disinfect water softener by pouring ¼ to ½ cup of 5% chlorine bleach into the small fill tube on the large brine tank followed by a manual recharge or follow manufacture’s disinfection instructions.
  11. Close all valves and let sit for 12-24 hours.
  12. Reconnect hose to the outside spigot and begin running water onto the ground or into a drainage ditch until the chlorine is completely flushed from the system and the chlorine odor disappears. (This may take several hours depending on the depth of the well).
  13. Open each fixture in the house until chlorine odor is gone.
  14. System must be purged of chlorine for at least 48 hours before testing.
  15. Contact Putnam County Health Department at 419-523-5608 to schedule a water sample.


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6/19/15 – 5:07 A.M.

A crash on U.S. 30 in southern Hancock County took the life of an Upper Sandusky Woman late Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened just after 5:30 p.m. on U.S. 30 near Orange Township Road 51.

36-year-old Anne Bacon was driving east on Route 30 when she hit the back of a semi driven by a Texas man. The semi was slowing down for stopped traffic in a construction zone.

Bacon was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

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6/19/15 – 4:58 A.M.

River levels continue to fall after heavy rain showers earlier this week. The Blanchard River in Findlay dropped below flood stage Thursday night. It’s still in the action stage, which means River Road and Howard Street behind Walmart are still closed. The river should fall below action stage later this morning.

Downstream in Ottawa water levels in the Blanchard didn’t really change much Thursday. The river remains in the minor flood stage at 24.6 feet after spending most of yesterday at 25.2 feet. The river should fall below flood stage late tonight.

Also in Putnam County, the Auglaize River is still in moderate flood stage. At last check the river was a little over 16.8 feet and falling. It’s expected to exit flood stage late tonight as well.

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6/19/15 – 4:27 A.M.

It might cost more to attend Bowling Green State University next year. The school’s trustees approved yesterday a two percent tuition hike, boosting in-state undergraduate fees to ten-thousand-800 dollars a year. University officials say, however, they’ll roll back the increase if a statewide tuition freeze is approved by Ohio lawmakers.

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6/18/15 – 11:28 A.M.

A Hancock County farmer is hoping the upcoming widening of I-75 will fix a drainage issue in his field. Neil Clark spoke to the county commissioners today, asking them to support his call for a larger drain pipe to be installed under the interstate. Clark says the current pipe near the Pilot station on State Route 613 doesn’t drain the field properly…

Audio: Neil Clark

Clark says ODOT has told him a larger pipe would not be installed. The commissioners and former county engineer Steve Wilson said they agree the drain should be larger. They added they would contact ODOT to help try and fix the problem.

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6/18/15 – 11:05 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners are trying to clear up an apparent communication issue with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. Commissioner Brian Robertson says ADAMHS has been improperly notifying the commissioners about ADAMHS board vacancies…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says the commissioners will reach out to ADAMHS today to notify them of the issue.

Robertson added that when the commissioners receive an official letter from ADAMHS, they then have 60 days to appoint someone.

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6/18/15 – 8:05 A.M.

Carey police have arrested a man they believe stole cartons of cigarettes from the One Stop Carry Out. According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, Garrett Bays was taken into custody Wednesday morning. Bays is accused of stealing from the store on June 15.

A tip to the police led to Bays’ arrest. He’s also being charged with resisting arrest and possession of paraphernalia.

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6/18/15 – 7:11 A.M.

The Arcadia school board decided against showing support Wednesday night for the newly hired high school principal. The Courier reports the board tabled a request by newly-hired Superintendent Bruce Kidder to “show support” for Bill Dobbins. No reason was given for the action. The issue will be discussed again at the June 30 meeting of the board.

Members of the Arcadia teachers union tell the newspaper they were excluded from the hiring process for Dobbins. Several members have protested the hiring because of that. The teacher’s union says the hiring process violated their collective bargaining agreement.

MORE: The Courier

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6/18/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A semi overturned near McComb Wednesday morning, leading to a diesel spill. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened on State Route 613 near County Road 139 around 11:45 a.m.

54-year-old Ronald Dillinger of Arcadia was driving west on Route 613 when he lost control of the truck, causing the semi to roll onto its side. Dillinger was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The road was closed for around 90 minutes while the spill was cleaned up. The accident remains under investigation.

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